Yearly Archives: 2013

museum wedding at peggy notebaert nature museum

Megan + Parker were married at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in May.  They had a Memorial Day weekend brunch wedding, which if you know me and my personal obsession with brunch (who isn’t obsessed with mimosas and Bloody Mary’s?) then you know we were a match made in wedding heaven.  Megan got up really early to get ready, luckily she had some serious help from their adorable daughter Olivia.best wedding planner

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The boys got ready and chased some geese around the museum before we began.  We had amazing weather and their outdoor ceremony was perfection.  Revel Décor did an outstanding job on their flowers and setting up a romantic and intimate ceremony space underneath the bridge on the patio at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

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Megan + Parker chose not to see each other before the wedding, but they did say hello before walking down the aisle.  T&S Hughes Photography and I set them up on either end of a door outside the museum so they could squeeze hands quickly and calm each others’ nerves before we lined them up to send them down the aisle to say “I do!”

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We took care of some incredibly charming details inside.

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While the dessert table got some extra special attention.  Megan used to work at Milwaukee Cupcake Company so her old boss brought cupcakes down especially for the wedding.  We supplemented with loads of popcorn, cookies, doughnuts and candy.  Seriously, their guests got brunch and then a boatload of dessert?  Genius!

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I loved working on this brunch wedding with Megan + Parker and celebrating with their family and friends.  Buck the dinner trend and do something unique for your big day.  And please call us to coordinate, we’ll bring the mimosas!

*all photos courtesy of the talented duo Tony + Sharon of T&S Hughes Photography

Megan + Parker’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Berghoff Catering
Cake: Krischbaums Bakery + Milwaukee Cupcake Company
Photography: T&S Hughes Photography
Florist + Rentals: Revel Décor
Hair: Terry Fonseca
Make-up: Sam Paradiso
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Rehearsal Dinner: Old Town Pour House + The Second City

cbs chicago’s ask a chicago expert: yep, that’s me!

Recently I was one of the experts in CBS Chicago’s, Best of Chicago: ‘Ask an Expert’ series.  Who am I to argue with that?  The article features tips for hosting a baby shower but can be applied to any shower or party in general.

You can check the whole article out here!

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natural wedding at garfield park conservatory

Jolyne + Brendan were married at Park Community Church in April and celebrated their reception at Garfield Park Conservatory.  This was a particularly fun challenge for me because we planned the entire wedding in 11 weeks.  They knew they were going to get engaged, so they reached out to me and luckily Garfield Park Conservatory had an April Saturday open.  They jumped on it, he officially proposed in Florida while they were on vacation and we were off the the races.

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 Thank my lucky stars Jolyne was decisive about her vendors, we made them quickly and put together a great team for the day.

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After getting all dressed up, we met at the church and I had the delight of sending all of these beautiful people down the aisle. The little sweeties who brought the rings and tossed the petals were so talkative and excited, the perfect age for ringbear-ing and flower girl-ing!

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The Carrs got some great photos before the party at Garfield Park Conservatory!

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And party we did! Garfield Park Conservatory is SUCH an amazing space to have a reception, you get to be surrounded by the most amazing flora and don’t have to worry about inclement weather of any kind! A wedding planners’ dream.

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A lovely couple, with lovely families who got engaged and married in record speed. Now who wants to hire me to plan their wedding in less than 11 weeks? We can do it! Until then, Jolyne and Brendan will be in the AE record books!

*eye candy courtesy of the dynamic duo at The Carrs Photography

Jolyne + Brendan’s Vendors
Ceremony: Park Community Church
Reception: Garfield Park Conservatory
Planning + Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Jewell Catering
Photography: The Carrs Photography
DJ: Toast & Jam
Florist: Forget Me Knodt
Hair: Tsubo Salon
Make-up: Laura Black Makeup
Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s

classic handmade bicycle anniversary invitations

I recently had the pleasure of creating some save-the-dates for a 50th anniversary party happening this summer in upstate New York.  Inspired by a photo from Anne & John Fay’s 1963 wedding in County Kildare, Ireland I designed the piece to take a page from a photo album of yesteryear.  Using a whimsical font, black and white photo prints, photo corners and luxurious letterpress we certainly set the mood for what will be quite the celebration.  A #10, fig, paper source envelope and wraparound mailing labels completed the package.  The Fay’s have been known to tool around town on their bicycle built for two and have enjoyed a bit of notoriety for it, so we paid a little homage to this most amazing pastime.  Hope you like them as much as I do!

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The Fay’s celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in upstate New York at the end of July.  Here’s how the rest of the invitation suite turned out.  Mighty fine, I’d say!

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And they lived happily ever after!

vintage library wedding at the quadrangle club

It was early June when Sarah + Michael were married at the Quadrangle Club.  Laura took charge of coordinating their day and we both agree they deserve the “chillest couple of all time” award.  It was nearly unbelievable how relaxed and easygoing they were through the entire planning process and on the day of their most glorious wedding. Take for example the photo below, have you ever seen anything more stunning?  I dare think not.

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So one of my other favorite things in browsing through the photos is Michael’s facial expressions during their ceremony. I just love them and don’t think I’ve ever seen a groom quite capture joy like he did. He is so pumped. And I love that for Sarah.

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And more amazingness (it’s a word, I promise) from him post-ceremony as well, married to that beauty, who wouldn’t be that excited?

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Such a fun group of family and friends surrounded Sarah + Michael on their special day. Lots of laughter, lots of love. And cake, delicious, gorgeous cake.

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An amazing day for an amazing couple.  Thanks for letting us be a part of the first day of your next big adventure!

*eye candy courtesy of Ingrid, the lady behind the lens at Ingrid Bonne Photography

Sarah + Michael’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Quadrangle Club
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Quadrangle Club
Photography: Ingrid Bonne Photography
DJ: Toast & Jam
Florist: Flora
Vintage Dishes: Rent Vintage Chicago
Flatware Rentals: Tablescapes
Hair & Make-up: Elizabeth Petro
Bakery: Amy Beck Cake Designs
Officiant: Bruce Falk